Luis Suarez has suggested that the current Liverpool side are more cable of mounting a successful title challenge than the side he played in that finished runners up in the 2013/14 season.
Reflecting on his time at Anfield and comparing the side he was in, to Liverpool’s current side in an interview with the Mail Online, Suarez confessed “I think that with us it was different because there was a sense of now or never.”
The Uruguayan added, “For the current squad this is the second season they have been in contention and last year they played in the Champions League final. They have more experience. They know how to approach the games.”
Ultimately despite a valiant effort that included a run of 11 successive Premier League wins, before the infamous Steven Gerrard slip in the 2-0 defeat at home to Chelsea, Suarez and his team-mates fell just short in their pursuit of ending Liverpool’s wait for a Premier League title.
Liverpool’s current squad will be needing to draw on the extra experience alluded by Suarez this campaign if they are to go one better and win the title this season.
If you compare Liverpool’s current squad with the one that narrowly missed out on the title in the 2013/14 season under Brendan Rodgers, the current side look far better placed to win the league. However, despite Jurgen Klopp’s squad appearing far better in terms of both big game experience and strength in depth than Rodgers’ side, the side in 2013/14 went into the last three matches with the title destiny in their own hands. The defeat at Anfield against Chelsea in the first of Liverpool’s final three games, meant that Manchester City reclaimed the initiative and eventually went on to lift the title. This season it is Liverpool that are relying on Manchester City to slip up in their final three matches, for them to take advantage and win the league. Suarez is right to concede that Liverpool are better placed now to win the league, than when he was at Anfield, but that would not make it any less of an achievement. If Liverpool win the league this season they will have done it the hard way, having to fend of a relentless Manchester City side who won the league with 100 points last season, it would be an excellent achievement.